• January 28, 2023
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Opinion

Opinion: Improving Irvine’s Resident Representation

Now that Irvine has seated its new Councilmembers, we can make changes to our decision-making process that would inspire public participation and better represent Irvine’s residents. Goal: Improving Irvine City Council’s representation of the city’s residents would include, but not be limited to, decreasing campaign costs, thus reducing Councilmembers’ dependence upon special interest support, improving […]

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Hydrogen blend pipeline

Opinion: SoCalGas Planning to Experiment with Hydrogen Gas at UCI Mesa Court Housing and Arts Buildings

Southern California Gas Company plans to use the University of California Irvine Campus- including freshman residential housing areas- as a testing ground for their potentially dangerous hydrogen blend fuel.  SoCalGas claims that the “electrolytic hydrogen can be safely blended into existing natural gas infrastructure on the university’s campus.” If approved, SoCalGas could begin testing hydrogen blending […]

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Opinion: Save Irvine’s Hotel Workers Safety Ordinance

On November 22, 2022, the Irvine City Council passed the Hotel Workers Safety Ordinance by a 3 to 1 vote (Khan, Kim, Agran for, Kuo against, and Carroll absent). The ordinance contains hotel worker safety provisions and fair labor practices provisions. The ordinance is scheduled to go into effect on December 22, 2022. Similar ordinances have […]

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Bike lane

Opinion: The Path Towards a Greener and Healthier Transportation System for Irvine

We rightfully take a lot of pride in our trail system in Irvine: We have one of the most exhaustive networks of trails in Orange County, and as a result, we are one of the most bikeable cities in the region. Many trails offer grade separation, where there is no interaction at all with motor […]

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Opinion: My Performance Evaluation of the Irvine City Manager

Irvine has a representative democracy decision making process which involves the people electing representatives to represent their interests and concerns.  This process includes public participation by means of Irvine’s elected representatives and city staff members listening to and sharing information with city residents. Our City Manager has been actively engaging with community groups on a […]

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Great Park

Opinion: Great Park Development Should Follow Normal Project Approval Process

On October 11, 2022, the Great Park Board will consider Agenda item 1.1. The proposed Great Park Framework Plan Implementation Agreement would give the City of Irvine control over the land use of the Great Park, thus removing contractual control from Heritage Fields/Five Point Developers. Orange County voters created the Great Park with the promise […]

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Vote

Opinion: Climate Voter Guide to Help You Choose Climate Champions in 2022 Election

Frustrated at the lack of climate action from Orange County elected officials, activists have created OC Climate Voter Guides for every OC city council election, including Irvine, at OCClimateVoterGuide.org.  The Irvine Climate Voter Guide includes climate voting records, endorsements, and responses from 8 of 11 Irvine candidates.  Every Democratic Irvine candidate except incumbent Mayor Farrah […]

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Amphitheater

Opinion: Sweetheart Deal? GP Board Poised to Spend $110 Million to Construct Amphitheater For Live Nation Profit

Credit: Save Live Music Irvine On Tuesday, September 27, at 3:00 p.m., the Great Park Board will vote on approval of a contract committing more than $100 million in public funds to the construction of a 14,000-seat amphitheater to be exclusively managed by Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. for 30-50 years.  The structure would be sited […]

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Broken promis

Opinion: Tammy Kim Kills Opportunity to Expand City Council Despite Campaign Promise

Irvine City Councilmember Tammy Kim once campaigned on expanding the size of City Council. Kim’s campaign platform highlighted efforts to support Veterans in Irvine, stop All American Asphalt pollution, and passionate pleas to expand the size of Council. She has failed at delivering on all three issues. [For more background, read, Opinion: District Elections and […]

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Mike Carroll

Mike Carroll Wants to Take Away Our Power to Elect the Mayor [Opinion]

If you value your right to vote for Mayor of Irvine every two years, be sure to exercise that right in this November’s general election. If Mike Carroll gets his way, it will be your last time voting for Mayor. Furthermore, the person who wins that election could serve as mayor for up to 12 […]

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